Big Ted

The Teddy Bear Museum Dorchester



The Teddy Museum is pleased to welcome to you to our covid safe environment. We continue to strive to provide a covid safe enjoyable environment and encourage visitors to respect fellow visitors' space and to wear face masks. We will continue to follow museum guidelines until the WHO declares the pandemic ended.

Please phone 01305 269741 in the event of public awareness of increased national covid infections to check that we are able to open should circumstances change.


Welcome to Dorset's enchanting Teddy Bear Museum in Dorchester.

The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum is Dorchester's wonderful family museum, with Edward Bear and his family of people-sized bears, in Teddy Bear House. Meet all the family and enjoy the Museum's wonderful collection of teddy bears.

From the earliest antique teddy bears to today's TV favourites, over 100 years of teddy bears are displayed within the Museum that range from early antique bears to modern favourites from all parts of the teddy bear world.

England's unique Teddy Bear Museum is a fun family museum that will charm and delight teddy bear lovers of all ages. It's an enchanting treat not to be missed!

There are bears of all kinds and all sizes to thrill everyone from the very young to the young at heart. A visit is a journey through childhood's memory lane. All the bears are waiting to greet you!

You'll want to take them all home - so be sure to visit the museum's charming period shop – a must for teddy bear collectors and lovers stocking new and vintage teddy bears including Steiff, Merrythought, Dean's, Gund & many more.


"“Teddys everywhere!!” Thoroughly enjoyed this…"

20 May 2016

"“Small but lots of Teddy Bears” - If you…"

29 April 2015

"“Teddies everywhere”  What an amazing…"

16 April 2016